When:  THURSDAY, May 18th, 2006    (3rd Thursday)

     Where:  Alliance for Downtown NY Conference Facility
             Downtown Center
             104 Washington Street
             South West Corner of Wall Street Area
             Downtown, New York City
             ** Please RSVP (not mandatory) **

      Time:  6:15 PM - 6:25 PM  Registration
             6:25 PM - 6:45 PM  Ask the Wizard, Questions,
                                Answers and Current Events
             6:45 PM - 7:00 PM  Unigroup Business and Announcements
             7:00 PM - 9:30 PM  Main Presentation

     Topic:  The AMANDA Open Source Enterprise Backup System

  Speaker:   Ian Turner


   AMANDA, the Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver, is
   an Enterprise-Class Network Backup System developed by the
   University of Maryland.



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         us to properly plan the meeting (food, drinks, handouts,
         seating, etc.).



   Topic: AMANDA

   AMANDA is a popular open-source backup and archiving package.
   AMANDA uses native tools, and can back up a large number of
   machines running various versions of the Linux, Unix, or Windows
   operating systems.

   This talk will discuss the state of AMANDA, and also new project
   developments.  For more information, please see:

   The main topics to be covered are:
     - What is Amanda?
     - Amanda features
     - Configuration
     - Administration
     - Future work
     - More information
     - Amanda Installation Demo (as time permits)


   Web Resources:

     Amanda Homepage:   http://www.amanda.org
     Amanda Wiki:       http://wiki.zmanda.com
     Amanda Forums:     http://forums.zmanda.com
     Zmanda Homepage:   http://www.zmanda.com


   Speaker Biography:

   Ian Turner has been involved with Amanda since 1998, when he
   installed it on his home computers after the sixth hard-disk crash
   in three years.  Amanda served his needs quite well, but there were
   also itches to scratch, so in 2000, Ian started making
   contributions to the Amanda code base.  In that year he was accepted
   as a member of the Amanda core team.  Today, Ian develops Amanda
   full-time, as a Zmanda engineer.


   Company Biography:

   Zmanda offers proven and cost effective open source data protection
   solutions.  By leveraging the open source development model, we are
   able to provide our customers with the very best quality software
   and significant cost savings. Our mission is to enable leading data
   protection solutions such as Amanda, the world's most popular open
   source backup and recovery solution, for the enterprise. These
   solutions will be available at a fraction of the cost of incumbent
   vendors, providing Zmanda customers with a low cost of ownership
   and high return on investment. In combination with our unparalleled
   support we have everything you need to keep your business up and
   running. Zmanda's software, support and services provide our
   customers with the peace of mind that their business will maintain
   continuous operations and that they will be in compliance with
   government regulations.



   O'Reilly has been kind enough to provide us with some of their
   books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our

   Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR has been kind
   enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will
   continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings.

   Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support
   provided by their User Group programs.

   Note: The chances tend to be about 1 in 5, that any attendee of
   our meeting will walk away with a fairly valuable giveaway
   (ie. most books are valued between $30 and $60)!


   Fee Schedule:
       Yearly Membership (includes all meetings):      $ 50.00
       Non-Member Single Meeting:                      $ 20.00
       Student Yearly Membership:                      $ 20.00
       Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with ID):    $  5.00
       Payment Methods: Cash, Check, American Express.


   Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served.  This includes
   "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled
   vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato, tossed,
   pasta, etc), cookies, bottled water and assorted beverages.



     Alliance for Downtown NY Conference Facility
     Downtown Center
     104 Washington Street
     Wall Street Area
     Downtown, New York City

   This building is located on the West side of the street, the
   second building north of Rector Street.  Cross Streets:
   Between Rector (South) and Carlisle (North) Streets.

   Our meeting location is in the Lower West Corner of Downtown,
   North of the Battery Tunnel, South of the Downtown Hotel,
   East of West Street, and West of Greenwich Street.  Walking West
   on Rector Street from Broadway, you pass Church, Greenwich then
   Washington Streets.

   There are multiple blocks of parking lots right there, between
   Washington and Greenwich Streets, starting at the Battery Tunnel
   and extending North for a number of blocks.

   Nearest mass transit stations, in order, are the '1/9' (Rector
   Street), 'R/W' (Rector Street) and the '4/5' (Wall Street).


   Please mark this meeting on your calendar and join us!
   Please tell your friends about Unigroup!



   We have a series of meetings in the works:

   - LAMP / PHP
   - NO SPAM!  (know any speakers?)
   - Asterix / VoIP
   - Field Trip to HP - Invited
   - Are there too many Linux Distributions?
   - Unix 35th Birthday Celebration (Sun has offered to host this!)
   - IPsec and IPv6
   - Samba
   - DNS
   - Unix Clusters and Clustered Databases
   - Linux Clustering Part 3: Beowulf version 2
   - Building a Firewall using FreeBSD and Linux
   - High Performance Internet Servers / Web Acceleration
   - Unix Office Tools: Word Processors, Spreadsheets, Accounting Packages.
   - PKI
   - GNU Development Environments
   - iSCSI, Serial ATA, and other new peripheral technologies

   Please let us know about any other meeting topics that you may be
   interested in.  Potential speakers on Unix related technology topics
   should contact the Unigroup Board.



   March 2006: The MySQL Relational Database, Version 5.0 and Beyond

   Unigroup would like to thank Hans Zaunere, from New York PHP,
   for presenting his talk on MySQL.  We learned about MySQL history,
   MySQL's pluggable storage database engine technology (including
   some political issues and history concerning some of them),
   its various enterprise-class features, and some comparisons
   to other open and closed source databases.



   A) SUN Solaris 10 User Group Event

      When:  May 17th, 2006
      Where: NYC Sun Office

      Sun's Announcement:

      # ====================  customer invite ================
      # Solaris 10 Part VI has arrived! Are you ready?
      # You've waited a long time and it's about to pay off!  Several months ago,
      # Sun Microsystems, Inc. covered various virtualization technologies in the
      # systems space. Technologies such as Xen and the ability to run Linux
      # applications on Solaris, a Containers update, specifically on patching and
      # packaging, and the Development Tools for Solaris.
      # How can we top that?  Well... read on.  We won't disappoint you...
      # Register today for the next Solaris User Group Series, Part VI.
      # Presented by: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
      # DATE:
      # =====
      # Wednesday,  May 17, 2006 (New York, NY)
      # Thursday,   May 18, 2006 (Somerset, NJ)
      # TIME:       9:00am - 4:00pm *
      # ==================
      # Please register for one of the following locations:
      #   http://sunsmart.sun.com/wma/
      # Event ID: techne
      # Password: sun
      # LOCATIONS:
      # ===========
      # Wednesday May 17, 2006
      # Sun Offices: New York
      # 101 Park Avenue
      # 4th floor: Grammercy Park Conference Room
      # New York, NY 10178
      # Thursday, May 18, 2006
      # Sun Offices: Somerset, NJ
      # Sun Conference Room
      # 400 Atrium Drive
      # Somerset, NJ 08873
      # AUDIENCE:
      # ==========
      # IT/Technology Professionals, CXOs/CTOs, Developers, Line-of-Business
      # Professionals
      # AGENDA:
      # ========
      # 09:00 - 09:15am   Welcome back - Ambreesh Khanna, Chief Technologist,
      #                     WorldWide  Financial Services
      # 09:15 - 11:15am   ZFS - Bill Moore, Senior Staff Engineer, Solaris Kernel
      #                     Engineering
      # 11:15 - 12:30pm   The Niagara LDoms -  Tonby Barecca, Director,
      #                     Niagara/ROCK Software Engineering
      # 12:30 - 01:30pm   Lunch
      # 01:30 - 02:30pm   Tuning the Niagara systems for your and third-party
      #                     applications -
      #                   Denis Sheahan, Senior Staff Engineer, Niagara
      #                     Architecture Group
      # 02:30 - 04:00pm   Aduva and Patch Management - Scott Armour, VP of
      #                     Operations, Aduva
      # (*)  Breakfast and Lunch provided.
      # Topic Descriptions
      # ==================
      # ZFS:
      # ZFS is the next generation filesystem, characterized by Ease of Management,
      # Immense Capacity, Self Healing and Performance. Bill is a kernel engineer
      # who has been involved with ZFS since its inception, and will talk about its
      # architecture and show demonstrations. Curious? Look at details of ZFS on the
      # OpenSolaris website (http://www.opensolaris.org/os/community/zfs/)
      # The Niagara LDoms
      # Niagara is the codename for the UltraSPARC T1, Sun's radical CMT CPU.
      # Niagara will have the ability to boot multiple individual instances of
      # Solaris via a built-in hypervisor. Tony is will detail the hypervisor, and
      # show roadmaps of what to expect in the future.
      # The systems based on the Niagara CPU were announced last Q. Due to the
      # unique design of the CPU, most applications scale very well across the
      # multiple cores. In some instances some tuning is required. Denis is an
      # expert at tuning systems to allow applications to scale well on the Niagara
      # systems. He has a list of best practices that he will share with us. Some of
      # his work is at http://www.sun.com/servers/coolthreads/tnb/applications.jsp
      # Interested in test driving a T1 based system? Visit
      # http://www.sun.com/servers/coolthreads/tnb/index.jsp
      # Aduva and Patch Management
      # Sun recently completed the acquisition of Aduva, a leader in patch and
      # change management tools for Linux and Solaris. Scott is the VP of Operations
      # for Aduva, and will talk to us about the capabilities of the product and how
      # Aduva fits into the bigger picture Patch Management story for Sun. Scott
      # will also demonstrate Aduva's flagship product, OnStage.
      # Register today!  Seating will be on a limited basis!

   B) SIA 2006 Technology Management Conference

      When:  June 20-22, 2006
      Where: Hilton New York
             1335 Avenue of the Americas, NYC 10019.

      For free exhibits registration and information visit:

   C) C3 Expo

      When:  June 27-29, 2006
      Where: Javits Convention Center

      For free exhibits registration and information visit:

   D) NYPHPCon

      When:  June 14-16, 2006
      Where: The New Yorker Hotel, NYC

      NYPHPCon 2006 will be three full days of sessions, tutorials,
      exhibits, and networking events, focusing on the The PHP Business
      Community, with two featured parallel tracks: Business Strategy
      and Technical Solutions.

      For information about the NY PHP Conference & Expo 2006 visit:



   Unigroup is one of the oldest and largest Unix User's Groups serving
   the Greater New York City Regional Area since the early 1980s.  Unigroup
   is a not-for-profit, vendor-neutral and member funded volunteer
   organization.  Unigroup holds regular and special event meetings
   throughout the year on technical topics relating to Unix and the Unix
   User Community.  Unigroup is/was also the Greater NYC Regional Area
   Affiliate of UniForum - an International Unix Users Group.

   Unigroup holds regular meetings planned for (at a minimum) the Third
   THURSDAY of Odd Months.  We generally try to hold Field Trip or
   Vendor Specific Meetings on the Even Months, although we do have the
   ability to hold monthly meetings at our new downtown meeting location.

   Planned regular meeting dates are: 5/18/2006, 7/20/2006, 9/21/2006...
   Watch for our Special Event meetings at the various trade shows in NYC
   as well as "Field Trips" to the facilities of local hardware and
   software vendors.

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   organization and we need your assistance!  Please let us know if you
   can help!


I hope to see you all at our next meeting!

-Rob Weiner
 Unigroup Executive Director
 unilist (at) unigroup.org

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